My blog has literally been taken over by pictures. Between today’s post and yesterday’s post there are over forty pictures! I hope you don’t mind.

Today I wanted to quickly take you back into my office so you can see how it looks now that it’s much less cluttered and taking on a new role.

As I got things cleared out, I realized that all of the walls, even the ones staying the same color, need to be painted. After five years of functioning as a gift shop, the walls are showing some wear. What better time than now to get them all repainted. I’m working on a rough design / color plan. I’m hoping to share that with you on Saturday or Sunday, so stay tuned for that.

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I just took these pictures yesterday after setting up my dining room centerpiece, so this is basically how the space looks today. Let me show you around. (If you need a general idea of the layout of the space, you can read this post.)

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I’ve always liked the idea of a round entryway table in this space. This is one I had on hand. I’m not sure it will stay here, or if I will find something new, but I really do like a little somethin’-somethin’ here.

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The nook to the left of this table is going to become a prop closet. I’m hoping to find some vintage doors to give this a wow factor when you walk in the front door.

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Inside the office, I moved a few pieces of furniture around. This vintage wood work bench is staying in roughly the area that it is now. I am hoping to make the top more substantial with a big butcher block countertop. This will extend about a foot over the front of the work bench so I can add some bar stools. It will be my go-to-work space. I hope it also functions well for entertaining as a little buffet or even a table for small get-togethers.

There will be floor-to-ceiling curtain panels. I’m thinking white or something very neutral with a subtle pattern. As I was taking pictures in this space the past week, I had trouble getting the right lighting. I think semi-sheer curtains will help solve that problem.

I may or may not get a rug for this area. I’m still deciding.

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On the opposite wall, I want to create a big, pre-Pinterest, push-pin, cork-style inspiration board. I’m thinking something ultra modern. I’m also hoping to use that huge ladder in the space, I just haven’t figured out how or where. For now, the pink dresser will stay.

And did you notice that wheel on the dresser? It’s a vintage game-of-chance. I’ve been on the hunt for one of these for years and finally happened upon one on eBay. It’s in amazing condition and it still works. It was a bit pricey, but worth every penny.

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The large round table in the space is currently my desk. (This table used to be my dining room table when I lived in Philadelphia. I had directors chairs around it. If you’re a Will & Grace fan, you’ll know that’s how Will’s dining room table was set up. I always love that.) Anyway, I actually like a round table for a desk, but it really doesn’t work for this area. So I’m hoping to get a new desk at some point. I’m thinking something in the shape of an “L” that would wrap around under the clip boards. I’ll also be on the hunt for a snazzy office chair. I’m thinking the calendar and clip boards will stay.

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And even though I tired to stop myself, I did start doing a little accessory shopping. I picked up this Gold Snake Print Embossed Serving Tray. It’s amazeballs.

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And you probably won’t be surprised to hear this, but it’s from the Threshold Collection at Target. Please don’t hold my love for this collection against me.

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Okay, heading to the back area of the space. This is going to be a little lounge / living room space. The wall to the left will have open bookshelves. Something like these wall-mounted bookcases from CB2. Basically a styler’s dream!

I’m working with a contractor on a fireplace makeover. I’m hoping to make the fireplace function again. It did in a previous life, but never under my ownership. While the contract workers are doing that, the will also replace the tile which has seen better days. They will do the same thing to the fireplace in my little living room directly above this space. This probably won’t happen before the holidays, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.

There will definitely be a need for a large rug in this area. Plus a couple accent tables, including a coffee table.

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Here’s a closer look at the fireplace area. While the mantel facade really isn’t my style, I’m keeping it as is because the detail work on it is gorgeous. I will most likely remove the mirror above and do something different there.

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The black cabinet is one of my antique finds. I really like the piece, but it’s pretty roughed up and won’t necessarily fit the color scheme I’m planning. I will however try to make it work. I’m thinking it will hold a TV.

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On the opposite wall, there will be a big sectional for lounging. I want something uber comfortable that hold lots of pillows. Curtain panels will flank this window as well.

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The fate of the chalkboard wall is still up in the air, but it will most likely be going away. I’m thinking about trying something new. Something fun like I showed you the other day.

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And that’s it! Things are looking good, right? Do you see my vision? I plan to patch holes in the wall ASAP and start painting this weekend.

I clearly wasn’t thinking ahead when I had this idea to blog for 31 days straight. It’s definitely going to interfere with my painting progress, but I’m going to figure out a way to make it work.

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Now that you know all about my project, what fun design projects are you working on in your spaces?

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Comments

  • karen hines at

    I think you are off to a great start! It will be wonderful when you are finished!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Karen! I sure hope so. One step at a time.

      xo Michael

  • Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly at

    How exciting! I see you have so many plans for this space and I am super excited to see the results! I am currently working on repainting the bedroom, two walls are painted, one more to go and one wall is going to get wallpapered! Also blogging 31 days straight I have done a lot of work beforehand and therefore there is no problem with the painting – except the fact there is too much furniture so I am only able to do one wall at time…

  • Jenn @ HomeStyleReport at

    I was definitely thinking the layout to this room was different before all of these pictures. You have some many fun areas that you can design with! I’m getting ready to paint over our chalkboard wall as well – it’s kinda sad but an easy fix.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Lots of fun nooks and crannies. I’m so excited!

      xo Michael

  • Jamie at

    The space where you have your desk looks like it was made to be…I know you said before that you can’t remove the bulkhead, but now it really looks intentional with the track light and calendar and clipboards on the wall. I love your idea for the workbench (and I’m thrilled to finally know what it was in its previous life). I would LOVE to have that entire closet for storing props….you are going to be so organized! Can’t wait to see it all done!
    I’m doing a kitchen/dining room remodel…removing the wall between the two spaces and opening it up. It’s on hold because I ordered a handmade pantry cupboard that is taking 16 weeks to get done and then I have to paint it. I am painting my grandma’s antique dining room table and chairs too. That’s also kind of ended up on hold because I’m trying to get ready for our open house and still find time to do projects for my blog……They are a couple of great winter projects for when the snow starts to fly I guess!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Isn’t that too funny? I noticed / realized the same thing after the space was clear and I too some pictures. It’s a little happy accident!

      Your projects sound wonderful too! Enjoy it and have fun!

      xo Michael

  • Heather at

    Couple thoughts…don’t know if possible, but something barn doorish on that front closet would be cool…maybe even sliding. No rug…are t you going to create here? Think cleanup! I’ve been struggling with the same dilemma… Seems there SHOULD be a rug, but what’s practical for working and messes? The ladder could be used as a super cool magazine rack! And what about using the round table as your desk, but flanking the corner with a built in banquette bench (maybe even with storage?). Work/desk area, conference area, and even another hang out zone when you’re using the other table for a bar? Just some thoughts that popped into my head! Looks like tons if fun! Load it with lots of personality and inspiration! Heather

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, a sliding door is the plan, but there’s not enough room on either side to the the popular barn door installation. However I do have a plan. I agree on the rug, but still deciding. I’m still deciding on the desk area. Though, I need more more space in that area verses seating.

      Thanks for all of your awesome thoughts. It’s get my brain working.

      xo Michael

  • Gabby O at

    I am in love with your desk area and your calendar! That little cubby was meant to be either an office space or a reading nook ๐Ÿ™‚ I noticed your games of chance wheel right away…finding totally unique items like that always ends in squeals and snoopy dances! ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to see your color choices!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Gabby. I think it’s going to be an awesome space when it’s all complete.

      xo Michael

  • Eden at

    I want all of that amazing crown molding in your house transferred to mine, thanks! HAHAH ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. That one of the reasons I love this house. They just don’t build houses like this anymore. Thanks Eden!

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Arthur!

      xo Michael

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar at

    Have I mentioned how much I love your blog? Honestly, the most real and inspiring read out there, hands down. I only wish I lived closer so I could come over for a Painting Party. Wine, paint and Miley on a full volume. Sounds like fun, right?!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Will – you are the best. Seriously. This comment made my day. And yes, you are welcome ANY time. A painting party sounds like perfection!

      xo Michael

  • Krista at

    Uhhhh, am I invited to the party?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously amazing pictures. I can’t wait until it’s done!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. Obviously! Thanks Boo. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Cecilia at

    Hi there, I love your style! Any chance you could share the paint color name of your office? I am looking for a nice tone like that for my DR.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi Cecilla – It depends which wall you are looking at. The darker gray is Perfect Greige the lighter is Heron Plume. Both colors are from Sherwin Williams. Happy Painting!

      xo Michael

  • Brittany at

    Michael- Did you make your calendar? If so…. HOW? It is amazing! Your whole home is amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie at

    Hi. I love the chandelier in your dining room? Where did you find such a gem?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Julie! It’s from Pottery Barn. Last I check they still sold it.

      xo Michael

  • Kat at

    I love looking at all of your beautiful home projects. I so wish I had talent like that. I enlist the help of my friends to give me ideas because I have zero talent in that area!
    Thank you for the inspiration and eye candy, though!

  • Debby at

    Hi Michael! I’ve been following your blog for several months and am always so inspired by your approach to decorating. The name of your blog is just right for you! So the big question I’ve been wanting to ask for the longest time is this: Do you know the name of the paint color used on your pink dresser (buffet)? I’m so drawn to it everytime I see it in a picture! Thanks so much, Michael!

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